Dr Sketchley Sacika has advised Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga to manage her emotions when dealing with political matters, reminding her that she is a public servant.
On Sunday, Kambwili accused Katanga of letting President Edgar Lungu’s Political Advisor Kaizer Zulu get away with various atrocities, including gun violence and electoral malpractice.
But in reaction, Katanga did not only refute the allegation, but also described Kambwili as a mad man who should not be believed.
However, Dr Sacika who is former Secretary to Cabinet, argued that Katanga’s language was not befitting of a person holding high public office.
He said regardless of how provoked Katanga was, she should have been measured in her response, adding that Kambwili would be in order to lodge a complaint against her.
“Chishimba Kambwili should lodge an official complaint with the Zambia Police Service Commission against Charity Katanga for calling him a mad man during the Roan by-election campaigns so that disciplinary action can be taken against her. As a professional civil servant, I was trained to treat members of the public with respect regardless of their position in life and the circumstances. Civil servants are servants of the people, that is why they are called civil servants. Kambwili is known to be a talkative man, a man who says things in order to score political points and Katanga knows this. So how could she even allow herself to lose her bearing and call Kambwili a mad man even if he said something she didn’t like?” asked Dr Sacika.
“Civil servants are expected to be civil and sober in the exercise of their duties even under extreme provocation. Katanga’s conduct was unbecoming of a senior police officer and she must face the consequences of her actions. If Kambwili does not report Katanga to the Zambia Police Service Commission, the Commission’s Chiarman should independently institute his own investigations with a view to taking action against Katanga. We cannot have a civil service where civil servants are free to conduct themselves with such arrogance and disrespect for members of the public. Such conduct destroys the concept of a civil service. The civil service is not a political institution, it is an administrative organ where civil servants are expected to conduct themselves in a proper manner and not in the way Katanga conducted herself.”